We all want to have peace of mind in our lives, and however low crime statistics might drop in your neighborhood, there’s always the risk of becoming a victim. It’s therefore absolutely understandable that you will want to do everything you can to protect what you have worked so hard to own, by investing in the right home security system.
But what are some of the big factors that you should be thinking about when browsing the home security systems presently available? Here are our suggestions.
What monitoring option do you want?
Not all home security systems send a signal to a central monitoring station in the event of a “break-in”– you might instead just opt for an ear-piercing alarm to alert your neighbors. However, there’s no guarantee that anyone who hears the alarm will bother to call the police, and if it turns out to be a false alarm, you could face a stiff fee from your local police department.
That’s why many Americans investing in home security systems decide it’s worth paying the monitoring bill of as much as $50 a month or more so that they can be sure everything’s swell at their home.
However, that means you’ll have to choose between these three types of security monitoring:
- Landline, which uses a phone line to get in touch with the monitoring center in the event of the alarm being activated. It’s cheap, but not exactly robust these days, as a burglar can disconnect your entire security alarm system simply by cutting the wires to your house.
- Broadband, which offers much greater safety and speed than a landline, at a lower cost than cellular communication. As the name suggests, this security monitoring method notifies the monitoring center of a break-in via the Internet and can incorporate home automation, too.
- Cellular, which is both reliable and resistant to tampering – two characteristics that are also helping to make it the new standard. The lack of need for wires also makes it the easiest of these solutions to install, although it is–unfortunately–the most expensive as well.
There are multiple installation options, too
The means by which you install your home security system also requires plenty of thought – and it’s a straight choice between DIY and professional installation.
- DIY installation makes sense if you want complete control over the form your home security system takes, including the location of the sensors and devices and how the whole thing fits together. Thankfully, many DIY home security systems on the market are easy enough to install, and doing your own installation work saves you money, too.
- Professional installation, however, is the less stressful route to take – in most cases! It enables you to sit back and relax as a technician considers such matters as your home’s layout and the best places to put the sensors and devices. The downside is that such a service does come with a fee and you’ll need to set aside a few hours for it on the day.
Not all home security systems offer the same technology
In today’s era of ‘smart’ homes, there are so many sophisticated features that you can incorporate into your home security system, such as:
- Motion detectors to sense movement by humans
- Smoke, fire, carbon dioxide and/or broken glass detectors
- Pressure mats under rugs to detect footsteps
- A closed-circuit TV system to monitor and/or record inside or outside your property
- Handheld or strategically located panic buttons
- Water detectors for sensing basement leaks
- Temperature gauges to detect a broken furnace or pipes that are about to freeze
- Home automation for turning your lights on and off, adjusting the temperature and/or locking and unlocking your doors, all possible from a smartphone, tablet or computer
Consider the customer service offering
While there are many sites out there – such as Consumer Reports and Consumer Affairs – that will give you a sense of the quality of various providers’ customer service experiences, it’s also a good idea to try them out for yourself, by calling the companies you’re considering and asking questions.
Does the customer service representative show patience in response to your queries? Do they give detailed responses, with all of the essential information you require? Is the representative caring and interested in your concerns, and would you be happy to use them if needed in the future?
Then, it’s time to pick between the packages and prices
A home security system is obviously a major investment, so you’ll want to avoid overpaying. When you’re looking at the prices charged by various providers, consider the following five common fees: the activation fee, monthly fee, service fee, relocation fee and cancellation fee.
As for the exact packages on offer, there’s obviously a big difference between an intro package that’ll just give you elementary alarm monitoring, and a much more sophisticated plan incorporating the likes of remote web and mobile access capabilities, home automation and live video streaming.
When deciding between the lower and higher-level plans available, think about not only your present needs, but also what your requirements are likely to be in the future, and whether it will be easy to upgrade or downgrade with your current home security provider.
Finally… which providers do we recommend?
We consider these two providers of home security systems to be the current market leaders:
- Vivint Home Security is the obvious choice if you are looking for a smart and sophisticated home security system. Home automation and energy management are catered for in-home security systems that enable you to control everything from your thermostats to your lamps. Call them now on (833) 883-6347 for a no-obligation quote.
- ADT, which is one of the true heavyweights in the industry, thanks to its broad range of packages and more than 140 years’ experience in the protection of homes. This is both seasoned and knowledgeable company that you can trust.
- Frontpoint offers features in its home security systems of particular suitability for renters, such as 100% wireless and removable equipment that helps to take the stress out of any sudden house move. This firm is also recognized for its excellent customer service.
Allow us to assist you in choosing a home security system that is brilliantly matched to your needs and will put your mind at rest – not just now, but for a long time to come.